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Uzbeks Unpick Cotton To Please No-Show PM

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In Central Asia, officials often go to great lengths trying to impress visiting presidents or dignitaries, giving them an exaggerated impression of success and happiness.
 
Regional officials in Uzbekistan's eastern Ferghana Province recently took it a step further.
 
Local farmers say they were ordered to glue white tufts of cotton back onto their bolls to give an impression of a bountiful harvest of the country's key crop ahead of an expected visit by Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyaev.
 
According to one local resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution, some 400 men and women in the village of Shaharteppa were pressed into service along the village's main road, where Mirziyaev's convoy was expected to pass.
 
"Some of them were applying glue inside the bolls and others were putting cotton on the bolls, while another group was attaching cotton capsules onto stalks in the front rows of the cotton field," the resident told RFE/RL's Uzbek Service.
 

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